Writerly Doings

So, I had a nice, long chat with my agent yesterday.  In these days of combined self- and traditional-publishing, nice long chats with my agent are … interesting. You see, my agent is not involved with my self-publishing career.  He does not provide advice, he does not provide support, and he does not see any profit.  To the extent that I devote my time to self-published works, my agent remains uncompensated. I love the self-publishing...

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Lessons From the Past Week

A few things that I’ve learned in the past week: If you go for a few months without wearing pierced-ear earrings, the hole in your ear *will* close up.  Alcohol swabs are great for tending to newly self-repierced ears. You can develop a fair opinion of most books (but not all) in the first twenty pages.  Especially when those books are only 218 pages long. Ice is much more difficult to negotiate than snow.  Fortunately, we’ve been...

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Thank You, Language Mavens!

Thanks to everyone who wrote in with their language peeves!  Be assured that several of them are working their way into the current Super Secret Project. (Oh – and for those of you who despise moot/mute – I routinely say “mute point” in speaking with my family, as an in-joke to mock those who say it unknowingly.  I’m sure that people have overheard me at some point and thought, “That poor, ignorant...

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Fractured English

For the current Super Secret Project, I’m collecting examples of *spoken* fractured English (e.g., “enormity” misused to mean a really big thing, instead of a really hideous thing.)  I’ve already listed “irregardless” and “literally” (for figurative events). Care to share your most-hated of fracturings of the English language?  My only limitation is that the disaster has to be apparent to the...

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You Never Realize…

… How much is on your hard drive, until your hard drive isn’t there any longer. No major computer disasters here – my laptop hard drive decided to fail in very slow motion.  When I complained to Inhouse Tech Support (that would be Mark), he ran Disk Utility and revealed the flashing red notice that the drive was “Failing”. We backed up the minimal data stored on the laptop, and then I made an appointment at the...

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